AAMC Reaffirms Commitment to Principles of Health Equity and Diversity and Inclusion

Following is a statement from AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD:

“Recent events remind us, sadly, that we have a long way to go in eradicating bigotry and hate in our country. For our part, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion and health care equity at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. These institutions see first-hand the impact of inequality and bias on health care in our communities and recognize the crucial value of a diverse, culturally competent physician workforce. The AAMC and its member institutions are committed to the fundamental principle that all people should be treated with decency, respect, and civility, and that all patients deserve equitable health care regardless of background, beliefs, race, sexual and gender identity, or geography. I am confident we can realize that vision, but we are not there today. As we move forward, the AAMC will continue to be a powerful voice for compassion, equity, and justice as we work to ensure accessible and high-quality health care to improve the health of all.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.